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Re: Amazon Kindle

timsinc Sinclair
 

Don, re controlling mouse: solutions out there such as:
https://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/communication/mice,-joysticks-%26-trackballs-p/amaneo-assistive-mouse-adapter-0121747-1186-information.htm

Keep walking (you do better than me)
Tim

On 03/10/2020, Don Madge <don.madge@gmail.com> wrote:
Nick, I've been thinking about the audio books for some time, do the pages
turn automatically?

Another problem I have is controlling the mouse, I need to see if there is
any way I can use the computer other than the mouse.I've tried the touch
pad but that's more difficult than the mouse.

I consider myself very lucky that I can still walk ok, we do 5 miles most
days. It's an interesting walk along the seafront.
Stay safe
Don



On Fri, 2 Oct 2020 at 10:53, Nick <nickoff2@hotmail.com> wrote:

Don, so sorry to hear of your trouble with your health. Would it not be
better to download some audio books and see how you get on with them?
I've
tried a couple and found them very good although if in bed I soon start
dropping off to sleep. :-)

Nick.

PS. Bill sends her good wishes.






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Re: Amazon Kindle

Don Madge
 

Nick, I've been thinking about the audio books for some time, do the pages turn automatically?

Another problem I have is controlling the mouse, I need to see if there is any way I can use the computer other than the mouse.I've tried the touch pad but that's more difficult than the mouse.

I consider myself very lucky that I can still walk ok, we do 5 miles most days. It's an interesting walk along the seafront.
Stay safe
Don

 

On Fri, 2 Oct 2020 at 10:53, Nick <nickoff2@...> wrote:
Don, so sorry to hear of your trouble with your health. Would it not be better to download some audio books and see how you get on with them? I've tried a couple and found them very good although if in bed I soon start dropping off to sleep. :-)

Nick.

PS. Bill sends her good wishes.


Re: Amazon Kindle

Nick
 

Don, so sorry to hear of your trouble with your health. Would it not be better to download some audio books and see how you get on with them? I've tried a couple and found them very good although if in bed I soon start dropping off to sleep. :-)

Nick.

PS. Bill sends her good wishes.


Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

phipps_paul
 

And works the same for us here in Scotland although we have our own version of the NHS track and trace. Just can’t see what there is to complain about. Your phone is trackable via the mobile network system if it’s switched on and connected anyway. 


On 1 Oct 2020, at 21:10, Bennett Family via groups.io <martin.bennett47@...> wrote:

That’s how they work for me too. 

Martin


On 1 Oct 2020, at 07:43, Gill Chester via groups.io <gill.chester@...> wrote:


I think there's a bit of confusion. I have both the NHS Covid-19 app and the King's College, London, Covid Symptom Study installed on my phone.

It's only the Symptom Study that asks you to enter your postcode - I agree, a bit of a pain when you're moving around.

I believe the NHS Covid-19 app just uses your phone's Bluetooth to pick up (anonymous) people near you. You can also use it for checking into venues, which would have been useful for us when we were in South Devon on holiday recently!

Cheers
Gill



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Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

Bennett Family
 

That’s how they work for me too. 

Martin


On 1 Oct 2020, at 07:43, Gill Chester via groups.io <gill.chester@...> wrote:


I think there's a bit of confusion. I have both the NHS Covid-19 app and the King's College, London, Covid Symptom Study installed on my phone.

It's only the Symptom Study that asks you to enter your postcode - I agree, a bit of a pain when you're moving around.

I believe the NHS Covid-19 app just uses your phone's Bluetooth to pick up (anonymous) people near you. You can also use it for checking into venues, which would have been useful for us when we were in South Devon on holiday recently!

Cheers
Gill



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Re: Amazon Kindle

Don Madge
 

Thanks for all the input.

Nick, 
Maureen has a Paperwhite, I've tried it out but struggle asI have benign tremors, In fact I have all the outward signs of parknsons but don't actually have it. I can no longer  write, struggle with a knife and fork. With arthritis in both hands I really struggle with the paperwhite even using a stylus.
I asked Maureen about battery life and she said she keeps it on airplane mode she found the battery lasted longer.

I looked at Alan's suggestion but it was far too complicated for me.

I'll struggle with my kindle as long as I can, I find it easy to use with a stylus.
Regards to Bill
Stay safe 
Don

On Thu, 1 Oct 2020 at 09:44, Nick <nickoff2@...> wrote:
Hi Don, hope you and Maureen are well. Like others on here I now have the Paperwhite after my original Kindle died. It is certainly easier to read from compared with the old one but the drawbacks for me are the lower battery life and not being able to use the internet like I could with the first Kindle. Ok it wasn't brilliant for surfing but did come in handy sometimes. A few years ago I was given a couple of cds, remember them? They have hundreds of books on them, many are recent. I've transferred a couple of hundred onto my machine so have enough reading material to last for awhile yet. 

Regards, Nick and Bill.


Re: Amazon Kindle

Nick
 

Hi Don, hope you and Maureen are well. Like others on here I now have the Paperwhite after my original Kindle died. It is certainly easier to read from compared with the old one but the drawbacks for me are the lower battery life and not being able to use the internet like I could with the first Kindle. Ok it wasn't brilliant for surfing but did come in handy sometimes. A few years ago I was given a couple of cds, remember them? They have hundreds of books on them, many are recent. I've transferred a couple of hundred onto my machine so have enough reading material to last for awhile yet. 

Regards, Nick and Bill.


Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

yorkcov
 

I think Alan they were responding to public feedback on the first abortive app that people didn't want to be tracked and didn't want their information stored centrally. I probably would have not downloaded it if it was tracking me
Alan Y

On 30 September 2020 16:58:45 BST, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@gmail.com> wrote:
On Wed, 30 Sep 2020 at 08:35, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

For someone constantly travelling from pitch to pitch, putting in
your

required postcode is just nonsense.
Why?
Don't all phones these days have a built-in GPSr? Also I understand
that all service providers have to know where their subscribers are
for law enforcement etc.

A quality app should be able to obtain the phone's location
automatically.

Also who knows the postcode when they are out and about.

Alan.



Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

Gill Chester
 

I think there's a bit of confusion. I have both the NHS Covid-19 app and the King's College, London, Covid Symptom Study installed on my phone.

It's only the Symptom Study that asks you to enter your postcode - I agree, a bit of a pain when you're moving around.

I believe the NHS Covid-19 app just uses your phone's Bluetooth to pick up (anonymous) people near you. You can also use it for checking into venues, which would have been useful for us when we were in South Devon on holiday recently!

Cheers
Gill



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Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

Alan Morris
 

On Wed, 30 Sep 2020 at 09:48, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

Roy Lilley has an interesting take on it:
I find his daily postings most interesting.

As JoJo's rules are so confusing that even BoJo can't understand them
and his local councils have similar problems, we have our own rule:-

Don't leave home unless it's to visit a hospital (3 x), a dentist (4
x) or the GP surgery (2 x). Even I can understand that!

Want to contact Roy Lilley?
Please use this e-address
roy.lilley@nhsmanagers.net
But don't expect a reply. (2 x)

Alan.


Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

Alan Morris
 

On Wed, 30 Sep 2020 at 08:35, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

For someone constantly travelling from pitch to pitch, putting in your

required postcode is just nonsense.
Why?
Don't all phones these days have a built-in GPSr? Also I understand
that all service providers have to know where their subscribers are
for law enforcement etc.

A quality app should be able to obtain the phone's location automatically.

Also who knows the postcode when they are out and about.

Alan.


Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

Bennett Family
 

Entering 6 digits each day seems a small price to pay if the APP helps.
Whether it does or not is debatable - it is certainly costing us a lot. 

Roy Lilley has an interesting take on it:

A simple message...
_________________________________

Test and trace isn’t working. How any times have you heard that?

We have the best T&T in the world… the Martians don't test as many citizens as we do. Didn’t BoJo say that?

T&T isn’t working. Lazy politicians say it and idle journalists write it.

They don’t ask; ‘why’.

The general rule is; ask ‘why’ five times and you’ll get to the root cause. On this occasion, it’s even simpler.

We are looking for the outcomes and we should be looking at the inputs.

For sure, there are capacity and supply issues. It may take time but they’re simple to resolve; buy more of what you’re are running out of. Need more space… rent more space. Need more people… hire more people. 'Grow the service'... simple.

Inefficiencies in the system? A critical path analysis, a risk analysis and you’ll have the answers by tea-time.

These are not the issues. There’s something else. Something more sinister. 

If we can’t get T&T working, we’ll never get on the road to normal. We’ll be stuck in a Kafka existence of lock-down, unlock, lockdown, unlock… repeat.

What’s wrong with T&T?

Nuff-man, Bill Palmer has done some interesting work.

  • In the week to 9th September, 18,371 people tested +Covid but only 15,526 were passed to T&T for follow-up. Why? 

Dunno… but it means we lost 2,845 people. Does it matter? Dunno...

  • Of the 15,526 transferred to T&T, 2,424 couldn’t be contacted. Either they lied about their details, they were recorded inaccurately, or… 

Dunno… but it means, now we’ve lost 5,269 people.

  • That leaves us 12,831, who were contacted. 

  • Of them, one in 6 couldn’t provide third-party contact details. Couldn’t or wouldn’t? 

  • Only 74% were reached and asked to self-isolate. That’s just 9,623. Why? 

Dunno... but it means we’ve lost another 3,208, bringing our total of invisible people to 8,277 

  • How many have actually self-isolated? 

Dunno… SAGE estimate only one in 5 might do it properly.

Of over 18,000 people we started with, we’ve ended up with 1,695 who are playing-the-game.

About 16,300 have disappeared.

Is it any wonder R is on the rise?

Questions;

At the point of testing how is the identity and address of the person established? Biro and a piece of paper, windy car-park, transcription errors? How is it validated? Driver’s license, utility bill? Nothing? Do we do it on a computer, using postcode software, like Amazon?

Is there a sign that says; No ID, no test… it is against the law to give false-identity information to the testing-clerk.

No, if not, shouldn't it be?

When T&T ring up, does the number ID say it is T&T calling? What does the data tell us? How many T&T calls get ignored? We must know. How do call centres deal with this?

Providing third-party contact details, for some, is seen as dobbing-people-in and they won’t.

If only one in 5 is, properly, self-isolating… why? 

Dunno… but I can guess. One of two reasons: isolation, people can’t face doing it again; or money, people can’t afford not to work.

T&T is working. However it may be resourced, however big it gets, it will never work if the public don’t want it to work. It looks like we only have 9% of people ‘playing-the-game’.

T&T works… but the numbers tell us, too many of the public are working against it.

Yes, I know; we have fines for not complying but somebody has to get the evidence and prove it. Yes, we can have some new laws but… is more punitive the answer?

T&T is poorly framed...

 ‘Got Covid, go home, go away, stay away.’

… is the wrong narrative.

It's a public health narrative when we need a wellness message.

Of course, underpin T&T with better fall-back laws, but more importantly, reposition T&T as a national-wellness programme.

Highlight the lives it has saved and will save. The businesses it will keep open. What can we all do, to keep each other well?

Population health, is population wealth. The population of the country, in the region, your town, at home and at work... we are the population.

At any time, national wellness is the most valuable asset the nation has. Right now, wellness is priceless. Wellness means offices, pubs, restaurants and retailing, open. The kids, safe at school and families united for Christmas.

Covid wellness; people who are not well, helping other people to stay well.

It’s a simple message.
-------------------------------------
Want to contact Roy Lilley?
Please use this e-address




On 30 Sep 2020, at 10:32, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:

Because I'm hardly ever at my home address. I suppose every day I
could go through faff of entering a new postcode of where I've
happened to stop - and that's often for less than 15 hours.
Tim

On 30/09/2020, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47@...> wrote:
Tim,
For someone constantly travelling from pitch to pitch, putting in your

required postcode is just nonsense.

Why?

Martin
On 29 Sep 2020, at 11:19, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:

For someone constantly travelling from pitch to pitch, putting in your
required postcode is just nonsense.

Tim

On 29/09/2020, pj_home via groups.io
<paul.f.jackson@...> wrote:
There is also an argument that the tests are throwing up a large number
of
false positives due to the way the test works. It is being argued that
the
reason positive tests are up but actual numbers of people unwell or in
hospital etc are static ish is because of this. Apparently the Health
Secretary either does not know the percentage of false positives or is
unwilling to release the information.

Paul

On 29 September 2020 at 10:00 timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...>
wrote:


Too many unanswered questions about the app.

BBC News - NHS Covid-19 app: 12m downloads - and lots of questions
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54326267

Tim

On 29/09/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:
I downloaded the app as soon as it was possible for us both but being
in
Germany probably it doesn’t work

Carol

On Mon, 28 Sep 2020 at 20:55, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47@...> wrote:


*The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.*

See below - worth a read. Then download the App.

Martin


“On the NHS COVID-19 App: Last 24 hrs I’ve provided the polite
version
of
the following to C4, ITV,BBC, Radio 5, Sky News, Times Radio, LBC. I
thought I’d answer a few frequently asked questions more directly,
while
our communications officer isn’t watching. ** edit at bottom for
solution
to the minority of tests that didn't link to the app. Spoiler, they
do
now!**

Is it going to steal my data?
- No its completely private. All your data stays on the phone, if you
delete the app, you delete the data. Facebook, on the other hand...

Is it going to track me?
- No it doesn’t know where you are. Uber, Dominos pizza, google maps,
on
the other hand...

Is Dominic Cummings...
- No

Why has it taken so long?
- It was hard. We tested it, made it better, tested it again, made it
better, now it’s ready. And we helped Google develop their system.
And
we
beat most states in America

How many people need to download it to work?
- Two. If you download it and I download it and I get infected and I
notify you and you don’t visit your gran, Granny lives

What happens if we all download it?
- Maths shows it could stop the epidemic.

But Dominic Cummings...
- Just no

Why did the Isle of Wight app not work?
- Actually it did. It looks like it stopped their epidemic. There
were
problems with iPhones.

Are there not still problems with iPhones
- Yes.  The few people with iphones earlier than 6S should write
Apple
and
complain. If you have a later version you should download the app,
stop
the
epidemic, and save the old folks with outdated smartphones.

What about the fines for not following the notifications? Those
aren’t
fair!
- What about the local outbreak and deaths you could cause by not
following them? also what about the £500 you receive if you get
notified
and can’t work from home?

Yeah but “False Positives”...
- The only way you can get a notification is by being close to
someone
who
tests positive for COVID-19 for a prolonged period.

Yeah but its not 100% accurate at measuring distance so there are
false
positives
- Do you think the virus cares if it’s 2 meters or 2.3 meters?

Yeah but...
-If I asked you to remember all your 2meter 15minute contacts in the
last
3 days would you give me an accurate answer? Where’s your tape
measure
and
your stop watch?

So is it more accurate than manual contact tracing?
-Yes probably. And it can notify people you don’t know.

How else is it better?
- well it’s a lot more private - you don’t need to give personal
details
about you or anyone else

Anything else?
- it uses computers so it’s fast enough to find people BEFORE they
infect
others...which is sort of the point.

Anything else?
- it doesn’t require millions of netflix subscriptions.

Anything else?
- It’s a quick way to check in to bars (I like bars) and it’s a
faster
way
to book a test without navigating a website designed by a Vogon

There are no tests?
- Fair point. Not my department. But will keep the pressure on.

Its not a silver bullet is it? It’s just a cherry on the cake?
- No. If we all download it, it’s A GOLD-PLATED MISSILE, which
relatively
speaking cost one-thousandth of a cherries worth of cake, compared to
another lockdown.

Is it going to work?
- not unless you download it.....give it a go. It’s really rather
good.

(And well done to our group at Oxford, Alan Turing Institute,
department
of health, NHSX, Google, Pivotal, Zuhlke, and beyond who’ve all
contributed...it’s been a long time coming...and it’s something to be
proud
of. Well done!)

**Edit from the App team: "Everyone who receives a positive test
result
can now log their result on the #NHSCOVID19app A minority of people,
such
as hospital patients, who were unable to log their positive result
will
now
be able to request a code when contacted by NHS Test and Trace to
input
on
the app."
https://twitter.com/OxfordViromics/status/1309954253117624321?s=20

(I am a senior researcher at the University of Oxford, Nuffield dept
of
medicine, in the pathogen dynamics groups. We advise the Test and
Trace
Programme in the U.K., Google, and tracing app developments
internationally. I am also a clinician at the John Radcliffe
Hospital,
@OxfordViromics)”












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Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

timsinc Sinclair
 

Because I'm hardly ever at my home address. I suppose every day I
could go through faff of entering a new postcode of where I've
happened to stop - and that's often for less than 15 hours.
Tim

On 30/09/2020, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:
Tim,
For someone constantly travelling from pitch to pitch, putting in your

required postcode is just nonsense.
Why?

Martin
On 29 Sep 2020, at 11:19, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:

For someone constantly travelling from pitch to pitch, putting in your
required postcode is just nonsense.

Tim

On 29/09/2020, pj_home via groups.io
<paul.f.jackson=virgin.net@groups.io> wrote:
There is also an argument that the tests are throwing up a large number
of
false positives due to the way the test works. It is being argued that
the
reason positive tests are up but actual numbers of people unwell or in
hospital etc are static ish is because of this. Apparently the Health
Secretary either does not know the percentage of false positives or is
unwilling to release the information.

Paul

On 29 September 2020 at 10:00 timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com>
wrote:

Too many unanswered questions about the app.

BBC News - NHS Covid-19 app: 12m downloads - and lots of questions
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54326267

Tim

On 29/09/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:
I downloaded the app as soon as it was possible for us both but being
in
Germany probably it doesn’t work

Carol

On Mon, 28 Sep 2020 at 20:55, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:


*The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.*

See below - worth a read. Then download the App.

Martin


“On the NHS COVID-19 App: Last 24 hrs I’ve provided the polite
version
of
the following to C4, ITV,BBC, Radio 5, Sky News, Times Radio, LBC. I
thought I’d answer a few frequently asked questions more directly,
while
our communications officer isn’t watching. ** edit at bottom for
solution
to the minority of tests that didn't link to the app. Spoiler, they
do
now!**

Is it going to steal my data?
- No its completely private. All your data stays on the phone, if you
delete the app, you delete the data. Facebook, on the other hand...

Is it going to track me?
- No it doesn’t know where you are. Uber, Dominos pizza, google maps,
on
the other hand...

Is Dominic Cummings...
- No

Why has it taken so long?
- It was hard. We tested it, made it better, tested it again, made it
better, now it’s ready. And we helped Google develop their system.
And
we
beat most states in America

How many people need to download it to work?
- Two. If you download it and I download it and I get infected and I
notify you and you don’t visit your gran, Granny lives

What happens if we all download it?
- Maths shows it could stop the epidemic.

But Dominic Cummings...
- Just no

Why did the Isle of Wight app not work?
- Actually it did. It looks like it stopped their epidemic. There
were
problems with iPhones.

Are there not still problems with iPhones
- Yes. The few people with iphones earlier than 6S should write
Apple
and
complain. If you have a later version you should download the app,
stop
the
epidemic, and save the old folks with outdated smartphones.

What about the fines for not following the notifications? Those
aren’t
fair!
- What about the local outbreak and deaths you could cause by not
following them? also what about the £500 you receive if you get
notified
and can’t work from home?

Yeah but “False Positives”...
- The only way you can get a notification is by being close to
someone
who
tests positive for COVID-19 for a prolonged period.

Yeah but its not 100% accurate at measuring distance so there are
false
positives
- Do you think the virus cares if it’s 2 meters or 2.3 meters?

Yeah but...
-If I asked you to remember all your 2meter 15minute contacts in the
last
3 days would you give me an accurate answer? Where’s your tape
measure
and
your stop watch?

So is it more accurate than manual contact tracing?
-Yes probably. And it can notify people you don’t know.

How else is it better?
- well it’s a lot more private - you don’t need to give personal
details
about you or anyone else

Anything else?
- it uses computers so it’s fast enough to find people BEFORE they
infect
others...which is sort of the point.

Anything else?
- it doesn’t require millions of netflix subscriptions.

Anything else?
- It’s a quick way to check in to bars (I like bars) and it’s a
faster
way
to book a test without navigating a website designed by a Vogon

There are no tests?
- Fair point. Not my department. But will keep the pressure on.

Its not a silver bullet is it? It’s just a cherry on the cake?
- No. If we all download it, it’s A GOLD-PLATED MISSILE, which
relatively
speaking cost one-thousandth of a cherries worth of cake, compared to
another lockdown.

Is it going to work?
- not unless you download it.....give it a go. It’s really rather
good.

(And well done to our group at Oxford, Alan Turing Institute,
department
of health, NHSX, Google, Pivotal, Zuhlke, and beyond who’ve all
contributed...it’s been a long time coming...and it’s something to be
proud
of. Well done!)

**Edit from the App team: "Everyone who receives a positive test
result
can now log their result on the #NHSCOVID19app A minority of people,
such
as hospital patients, who were unable to log their positive result
will
now
be able to request a code when contacted by NHS Test and Trace to
input
on
the app."
https://twitter.com/OxfordViromics/status/1309954253117624321?s=20

(I am a senior researcher at the University of Oxford, Nuffield dept
of
medicine, in the pathogen dynamics groups. We advise the Test and
Trace
Programme in the U.K., Google, and tracing app developments
internationally. I am also a clinician at the John Radcliffe
Hospital,
@OxfordViromics)”












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Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

Bennett Family
 

Tim,
For someone constantly travelling from pitch to pitch, putting in your

required postcode is just nonsense.
Why?

Martin
On 29 Sep 2020, at 11:19, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:

For someone constantly travelling from pitch to pitch, putting in your
required postcode is just nonsense.

Tim

On 29/09/2020, pj_home via groups.io
<paul.f.jackson=virgin.net@groups.io> wrote:
There is also an argument that the tests are throwing up a large number of
false positives due to the way the test works. It is being argued that the
reason positive tests are up but actual numbers of people unwell or in
hospital etc are static ish is because of this. Apparently the Health
Secretary either does not know the percentage of false positives or is
unwilling to release the information.

Paul

On 29 September 2020 at 10:00 timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:

Too many unanswered questions about the app.

BBC News - NHS Covid-19 app: 12m downloads - and lots of questions
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54326267

Tim

On 29/09/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:
I downloaded the app as soon as it was possible for us both but being
in
Germany probably it doesn’t work

Carol

On Mon, 28 Sep 2020 at 20:55, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:


*The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.*

See below - worth a read. Then download the App.

Martin


“On the NHS COVID-19 App: Last 24 hrs I’ve provided the polite version
of
the following to C4, ITV,BBC, Radio 5, Sky News, Times Radio, LBC. I
thought I’d answer a few frequently asked questions more directly,
while
our communications officer isn’t watching. ** edit at bottom for
solution
to the minority of tests that didn't link to the app. Spoiler, they do
now!**

Is it going to steal my data?
- No its completely private. All your data stays on the phone, if you
delete the app, you delete the data. Facebook, on the other hand...

Is it going to track me?
- No it doesn’t know where you are. Uber, Dominos pizza, google maps,
on
the other hand...

Is Dominic Cummings...
- No

Why has it taken so long?
- It was hard. We tested it, made it better, tested it again, made it
better, now it’s ready. And we helped Google develop their system. And
we
beat most states in America

How many people need to download it to work?
- Two. If you download it and I download it and I get infected and I
notify you and you don’t visit your gran, Granny lives

What happens if we all download it?
- Maths shows it could stop the epidemic.

But Dominic Cummings...
- Just no

Why did the Isle of Wight app not work?
- Actually it did. It looks like it stopped their epidemic. There were
problems with iPhones.

Are there not still problems with iPhones
- Yes. The few people with iphones earlier than 6S should write Apple
and
complain. If you have a later version you should download the app,
stop
the
epidemic, and save the old folks with outdated smartphones.

What about the fines for not following the notifications? Those aren’t
fair!
- What about the local outbreak and deaths you could cause by not
following them? also what about the £500 you receive if you get
notified
and can’t work from home?

Yeah but “False Positives”...
- The only way you can get a notification is by being close to someone
who
tests positive for COVID-19 for a prolonged period.

Yeah but its not 100% accurate at measuring distance so there are
false
positives
- Do you think the virus cares if it’s 2 meters or 2.3 meters?

Yeah but...
-If I asked you to remember all your 2meter 15minute contacts in the
last
3 days would you give me an accurate answer? Where’s your tape measure
and
your stop watch?

So is it more accurate than manual contact tracing?
-Yes probably. And it can notify people you don’t know.

How else is it better?
- well it’s a lot more private - you don’t need to give personal
details
about you or anyone else

Anything else?
- it uses computers so it’s fast enough to find people BEFORE they
infect
others...which is sort of the point.

Anything else?
- it doesn’t require millions of netflix subscriptions.

Anything else?
- It’s a quick way to check in to bars (I like bars) and it’s a faster
way
to book a test without navigating a website designed by a Vogon

There are no tests?
- Fair point. Not my department. But will keep the pressure on.

Its not a silver bullet is it? It’s just a cherry on the cake?
- No. If we all download it, it’s A GOLD-PLATED MISSILE, which
relatively
speaking cost one-thousandth of a cherries worth of cake, compared to
another lockdown.

Is it going to work?
- not unless you download it.....give it a go. It’s really rather
good.

(And well done to our group at Oxford, Alan Turing Institute,
department
of health, NHSX, Google, Pivotal, Zuhlke, and beyond who’ve all
contributed...it’s been a long time coming...and it’s something to be
proud
of. Well done!)

**Edit from the App team: "Everyone who receives a positive test
result
can now log their result on the #NHSCOVID19app A minority of people,
such
as hospital patients, who were unable to log their positive result
will
now
be able to request a code when contacted by NHS Test and Trace to
input
on
the app."
https://twitter.com/OxfordViromics/status/1309954253117624321?s=20

(I am a senior researcher at the University of Oxford, Nuffield dept
of
medicine, in the pathogen dynamics groups. We advise the Test and
Trace
Programme in the U.K., Google, and tracing app developments
internationally. I am also a clinician at the John Radcliffe Hospital,
@OxfordViromics)”












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Re: Amazon Kindle

David Scholes
 

Hi Don

I am on my third Kindle. First one had a keyboard. It died. The kindle man thought that I had sat on it but I denied it strenuously so they sent me another one without a keyboard.
Later I fancied one with a backlight so I bought a kindle whitelight 6 (or something like that).
I am still using it. It is a prized possession. As mentioned the battery doesn’t last as long, about 2 weeks. Everything else dies daily.

The comment about a sliver is correct.
Using your Kindle to read unlocked books is valid using Calibre to adjust the format and do the downloading. Legally you can download about 30,000 books from Gutenberg. They are all out of copyright. You won’t want most of them but that leaves a lot.

Story. When I first got my van I loaded it for my first trip. Went to a weigh bridge and found that I was about 20 kilos within the limit but I didn’t have my wife with me. Went back and emptied everything I could. Lots of water lots of tools and a whole pile of books. That was when I bought my first kindle.

David

On 29 Sep 2020, at 17:25, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:

Don,
Alan has covered it all. I'd just add that Madge's 700+ books will be
all in her library at Amazon and all or just a few can be downloaded
onto any new Kindle - or even a phone or tablet that has the Kindle
app.

In fact on my simple Kindle white (meaning has a backlight) I
deliberately delete books as the list grows so long and cumbersome. If
I want to re-read one from the past, I just download it again. No
cost, you've already paid for it.

Tim

On 29/09/2020, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@gmail.com> wrote:
On Tue, 29 Sep 2020 at 15:44, Don Madge <don.madge@gmail.com> wrote:

My Kindle is now 10 years old and like me is slowing down.
Like my wife!

I have the original Kindle with the keyboard but is not available any
more.
Like my wife's, with a keyboard.

I only use it for reading, i have 712 books on mine at present
She also has a large collection of books. She uses the built-in
reading aloud feature a lot, using the internal speaker.

In May I bought her a "Kindle Oasis | Now with adjustable warm light |
Waterproof, 32 GB, Wi-Fi | Graphite" and cover, "Kindle Oasis Leather
Cover, Black".

It now has a back-light, so the battery needs charging more often. No
k'brd but she can cope. But no built-in speaker. So I then bought
her a "Betron KBS08 Wireless Portable Travel Bluetooth Speaker
(Black)" - a bluetooth connection. Ideal for use in the kitchen, with
the Kindle in the living room.


Re: Amazon Kindle

timsinc Sinclair
 

Don,
Alan has covered it all. I'd just add that Madge's 700+ books will be
all in her library at Amazon and all or just a few can be downloaded
onto any new Kindle - or even a phone or tablet that has the Kindle
app.

In fact on my simple Kindle white (meaning has a backlight) I
deliberately delete books as the list grows so long and cumbersome. If
I want to re-read one from the past, I just download it again. No
cost, you've already paid for it.

Tim

On 29/09/2020, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@gmail.com> wrote:
On Tue, 29 Sep 2020 at 15:44, Don Madge <don.madge@gmail.com> wrote:

My Kindle is now 10 years old and like me is slowing down.
Like my wife!

I have the original Kindle with the keyboard but is not available any
more.
Like my wife's, with a keyboard.

I only use it for reading, i have 712 books on mine at present
She also has a large collection of books. She uses the built-in
reading aloud feature a lot, using the internal speaker.

In May I bought her a "Kindle Oasis | Now with adjustable warm light |
Waterproof, 32 GB, Wi-Fi | Graphite" and cover, "Kindle Oasis Leather
Cover, Black".

It now has a back-light, so the battery needs charging more often. No
k'brd but she can cope. But no built-in speaker. So I then bought
her a "Betron KBS08 Wireless Portable Travel Bluetooth Speaker
(Black)" - a bluetooth connection. Ideal for use in the kitchen, with
the Kindle in the living room.

She quickly had all her old Kindle books on her new Kindle. Both have
wi-fi, but no internet. She uses our Three Mi-Fi to connect, so
available at home and in the motorhome.

She loves the new setup.

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07L5GK1KY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1>

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07B89G5J9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1>

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00N11SHI2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1>

Alan.





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Re: Amazon Kindle

phipps_paul
 

Hi Don
Do you have a computer?
If so download a free programme called Calibre. Then upload all copyright free files to it from your old reader. Remember that anything you bought via Amazon will not upload due to the copyright protection applied to their files. 
Then buy yourself a new Kindle reader (I have the Kindle paper white and can recommend it) and download direct from Amazon all your purchased Amazon kindle library files listed to your account. 
After that on the computer open up the Calibre programme with all your old uploaded unprotected files, attach your new reader and download the files stored there. 
It’s not as complicated as it sounds. The Amazon kindle helpline should be able to help and advise on their side particularly if you are spending money!! 
Hope that helps. Take care. 

Paul


On 29 Sep 2020, at 16:44, Don Madge <don.madge@...> wrote:

I need some help please.
My Kindle is now 10 years old and like me is slowing down.
I have the original Kindle with the keyboard but is not available any more.
I only use it for reading, i have 712 books on mine at present
I checked out the available ones but I don't understand the terminology I just want something simple and to transfer the from my present kindle.
Can somebody recommend one preferably one with a built in light. ..
Any suggestions will be most welcome.
Stay safe
Don


Re: Amazon Kindle

Alan Morris
 

On Tue, 29 Sep 2020 at 15:44, Don Madge <don.madge@gmail.com> wrote:

My Kindle is now 10 years old and like me is slowing down.
Like my wife!

I have the original Kindle with the keyboard but is not available any more.
Like my wife's, with a keyboard.

I only use it for reading, i have 712 books on mine at present
She also has a large collection of books. She uses the built-in
reading aloud feature a lot, using the internal speaker.

In May I bought her a "Kindle Oasis | Now with adjustable warm light |
Waterproof, 32 GB, Wi-Fi | Graphite" and cover, "Kindle Oasis Leather
Cover, Black".

It now has a back-light, so the battery needs charging more often. No
k'brd but she can cope. But no built-in speaker. So I then bought
her a "Betron KBS08 Wireless Portable Travel Bluetooth Speaker
(Black)" - a bluetooth connection. Ideal for use in the kitchen, with
the Kindle in the living room.

She quickly had all her old Kindle books on her new Kindle. Both have
wi-fi, but no internet. She uses our Three Mi-Fi to connect, so
available at home and in the motorhome.

She loves the new setup.

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07L5GK1KY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1>

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07B89G5J9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1>

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00N11SHI2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1>

Alan.


Amazon Kindle

Don Madge
 

I need some help please.
My Kindle is now 10 years old and like me is slowing down.
I have the original Kindle with the keyboard but is not available any more.
I only use it for reading, i have 712 books on mine at present
I checked out the available ones but I don't understand the terminology I just want something simple and to transfer the from my present kindle.
Can somebody recommend one preferably one with a built in light. ..
Any suggestions will be most welcome.
Stay safe
Don


Re: The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.

pj_home
 

On 29 September 2020 at 11:23 Derek Sims <derek.sims@...> wrote:

Absolutey agree and we're with Tim and Brent on this one - invitation emails going straight into Spam. And before someone says it's not relevant to the motorhome list - it's hugely relevant as what governments are now doing can have a major effect on our ability to tour.
Stay Sane
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On 29/09/2020, 11:13 "pj_home via groups.io" <paul.f.jackson@...> wrote:
There is also an argument that the tests are throwing up a large number of false positives due to the way the test works. It is being argued that the reason positive tests are up but actual numbers of people unwell or in hospital etc are static ish is because of this. Apparently the Health Secretary either does not know the percentage of false positives or is unwilling to release the information.

Paul

> On 29 September 2020 at 10:00 timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:
>
>
> Too many unanswered questions about the app.
>
> BBC News - NHS Covid-19 app: 12m downloads - and lots of questions
> https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54326267
>
> Tim
>
> On 29/09/2020, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:
> > I downloaded the app as soon as it was possible for us both but being in
> > Germany probably it doesn’t work
> >
> > Carol
> >
> > On Mon, 28 Sep 2020 at 20:55, Bennett Family via groups.io
> > <martin.bennett47@...> wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> *The COVId-19 App for YOUR smartphone.*
> >>
> >> See below - worth a read. Then download the App.
> >>
> >> Martin
> >>
> >>
> >> “On the NHS COVID-19 App: Last 24 hrs I’ve provided the polite version of
> >> the following to C4, ITV,BBC, Radio 5, Sky News, Times Radio, LBC. I
> >> thought I’d answer a few frequently asked questions more directly, while
> >> our communications officer isn’t watching. ** edit at bottom for solution
> >> to the minority of tests that didn't link to the app. Spoiler, they do
> >> now!**
> >>
> >> Is it going to steal my data?
> >> - No its completely private. All your data stays on the phone, if you
> >> delete the app, you delete the data. Facebook, on the other hand...
> >>
> >> Is it going to track me?
> >> - No it doesn’t know where you are. Uber, Dominos pizza, google maps, on
> >> the other hand...
> >>
> >> Is Dominic Cummings...
> >> - No
> >>
> >> Why has it taken so long?
> >> - It was hard. We tested it, made it better, tested it again, made it
> >> better, now it’s ready. And we helped Google develop their system. And we
> >> beat most states in America
> >>
> >> How many people need to download it to work?
> >> - Two. If you download it and I download it and I get infected and I
> >> notify you and you don’t visit your gran, Granny lives
> >>
> >> What happens if we all download it?
> >> - Maths shows it could stop the epidemic.
> >>
> >> But Dominic Cummings...
> >> - Just no
> >>
> >> Why did the Isle of Wight app not work?
> >> - Actually it did. It looks like it stopped their epidemic. There were
> >> problems with iPhones.
> >>
> >> Are there not still problems with iPhones
> >> - Yes. The few people with iphones earlier than 6S should write Apple
> >> and
> >> complain. If you have a later version you should download the app, stop
> >> the
> >> epidemic, and save the old folks with outdated smartphones.
> >>
> >> What about the fines for not following the notifications? Those aren’t
> >> fair!
> >> - What about the local outbreak and deaths you could cause by not
> >> following them? also what about the £500 you receive if you get notified
> >> and can’t work from home?
> >>
> >> Yeah but “False Positives”...
> >> - The only way you can get a notification is by being close to someone
> >> who
> >> tests positive for COVID-19 for a prolonged period.
> >>
> >> Yeah but its not 100% accurate at measuring distance so there are false
> >> positives
> >> - Do you think the virus cares if it’s 2 meters or 2.3 meters?
> >>
> >> Yeah but...
> >> -If I asked you to remember all your 2meter 15minute contacts in the last
> >> 3 days would you give me an accurate answer? Where’s your tape measure
> >> and
> >> your stop watch?
> >>
> >> So is it more accurate than manual contact tracing?
> >> -Yes probably. And it can notify people you don’t know.
> >>
> >> How else is it better?
> >> - well it’s a lot more private - you don’t need to give personal details
> >> about you or anyone else
> >>
> >> Anything else?
> >> - it uses computers so it’s fast enough to find people BEFORE they infect
> >> others...which is sort of the point.
> >>
> >> Anything else?
> >> - it doesn’t require millions of netflix subscriptions.
> >>
> >> Anything else?
> >> - It’s a quick way to check in to bars (I like bars) and it’s a faster
> >> way
> >> to book a test without navigating a website designed by a Vogon
> >>
> >> There are no tests?
> >> - Fair point. Not my department. But will keep the pressure on.
> >>
> >> Its not a silver bullet is it? It’s just a cherry on the cake?
> >> - No. If we all download it, it’s A GOLD-PLATED MISSILE, which relatively
> >> speaking cost one-thousandth of a cherries worth of cake, compared to
> >> another lockdown.
> >>
> >> Is it going to work?
> >> - not unless you download it.....give it a go. It’s really rather good.
> >>
> >> (And well done to our group at Oxford, Alan Turing Institute, department
> >> of health, NHSX, Google, Pivotal, Zuhlke, and beyond who’ve all
> >> contributed...it’s been a long time coming...and it’s something to be
> >> proud
> >> of. Well done!)
> >>
> >> **Edit from the App team: "Everyone who receives a positive test result
> >> can now log their result on the #NHSCOVID19app A minority of people, such
> >> as hospital patients, who were unable to log their positive result will
> >> now
> >> be able to request a code when contacted by NHS Test and Trace to input
> >> on
> >> the app."
> >> https://twitter.com/OxfordViromics/status/1309954253117624321?s=20
> >>
> >> (I am a senior researcher at the University of Oxford, Nuffield dept of
> >> medicine, in the pathogen dynamics groups. We advise the Test and Trace
> >> Programme in the U.K., Google, and tracing app developments
> >> internationally. I am also a clinician at the John Radcliffe Hospital,
> >> @OxfordViromics)”
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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